Upward Bound

Making College Possible

Are you dreaming of going to college but don’t know how to get there? Then Upward Bound* is for you. We’ve been working with low-income, first generation college-bound students for more than 20 years and have hundreds of graduates with degrees.


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*We’re called College Bound Math Science (CBMS) in the Northwest part of the state. CBMS has the same great services as Upward Bound, but it is funded by Forward Service Corporation instead of the U.S. Department of Education.

High School to Higher Education

Upward Bound is life changing. At school, you’ll have access to tutoring and support. During the summer, you’ll get the chance to experience college life by living on a college campus and taking classes. Throughout it all, you’ll make friends and gain experiences that will ensure your success after high school.


Academic Support

Prepare for life after graduation, with tutoring, ACT prep, mentorship, and academic advising.


Experience College Life

Live on campus, take college classes, learn leadership skills, and tour colleges during our free 6-week summer program.

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Fun Volunteering

Get real-life experience that you’ll love. You’ll feel great helping others and making an impact with friends. Plus, you’ll have something real to talk about on those college admissions essays.


Career Prep

Find your path to a future you’ll love. Explore careers with fun field trips, tours, job shadowing, and helpful mentors.

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Money for College

We’ll help you find the scholarships, financial aid, and grants you need to make college possible.

Just the FAQs

What is the difference between Upward Bound Classic and Upward Bound Math-Science?

Upward Bound Math-Science offers a more focused path toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, often abbreviated STEM. Students engage in activities throughout the year that emphasize these fields, including coursework, tutoring, and campus visits to known STEM universities.

Both programs can help students be successful in high school and prepare for college.

Where do you offer Upward Bound Classic?

We offer Upward Bound Classic in the following school districts:

  • Adams-Friendship
  • Berlin
  • Clintonville
  • Gillett
  • Hayward
  • Madison East
  • Madison La Follette
  • Mauston
  • Menominee Indian
  • Necedah
  • Shawano
  • Shell Lake
  • Siren
  • Suring
  • Tomah
  • Tri-County
  • Turtle Lake
  • Wautoma
  • Westfield
  • Wild Rose
  • Wisconsin Dells

Where do you offer Upward Bound Math-Science?

We offer Upward Bound Math-Science in the following school districts:

  • Barron
  • Madison East
  • Madison La Follette
  • Siren
  • Turtle Lake
  • Unity

What if my school isn't listed?

If you’re interested in Upward Bound but you don’t live in the above districts, please talk to your guidance counselor to see if there is a program at your school.

How is Upward Bound different from other after-school programs?

Upward Bound is distinguished by a blend of social, academic, and career-focused activities which help teens prepare for life beyond college. Our wholistic approach includes classes, social development, financial planning, and pursuing career goals.

Here are just a few of the exciting opportunities your teen can look forward to:

  • campus tours and field trips – our students visit an average of seven different colleges a year
  • weekly tutoring and academic meetings tailored to students’ schedules
  • field trips, like campus tours; career presentations and job shadow opportunities; and skill-building workshops.

On average, a UB student could visit as many as 7 different colleges each school year!

Plus, your teen will have experience of a lifetime during our summer program. It’s 6 weeks of on-campus living, meals included, at no cost to you. They’ll attend professor-led classes, visit more colleges, experience culturally rich and diverse activities, and do community service with friends. It’s basically a free college test-drive with extra perks.

What is College Bound Math Science?

College Bound Math Science (CBMS) has the same services and support as Upward Bound. The only difference is that they’re separately funded. Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. CBMS is funded by Forward Service Corporation.

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Disclosure of Funds

The contents of this publication were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.